Eastern Michigan University
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Elaine Martin


601F Pray-Harrold




University of Oklahoma:  B.A. Urban Studies, l964; M.P.A., l971; M.A. Political Science, l977; Ph.D. Political Science, l977.
Ph.D. Fields:  Public Law, American Politics, Public Administration, Urban Planning

Interests and Expertise

TEACHING INTERESTS:  Women and Politics, Gender and the Judiciary, Politics in Fiction and Film, Sex and Justice, Global Issues, State and Local Politics, Local Government Management.  RESEARCH INTERESTS: Women Judges, Gender and the Judiciary.  Currently on Sabbatical working on a book manuscript tentatively titled, Women Judges and the Course of Justice in the United States.

Publications and Presentations

Most Recent Publications (since 2000): 

“Profiles in Leadership: Women Judges in the U.S.” in Ulrike Schultz (ed) Gender and Judging, Onati International Series in Law and Society.  2012.

“Making a Difference:  Women in the Judiciary” with Barry Pyle, in Lois Duke Whittaker (ed) Women in Politics: Outsiders or Insiders?  5th edition, Prentice-Hall, 2011..

“U.S. Women Federal Court Judges Appointed by President Carter:  Ongoing Relevance,”  Feminist Legal Studies, 2009.

"Bias or Counterbalance: Women Judges Making a Difference" in Lois Duke Whittaker (ed)
Women in Politics: Outsiders or Insiders?  4th edition, Prentice-Hall, 2006.

"State High Courts and Divorce:  The Impact of Judicial Gender," with Barry Pyle, The University of Toledo Law Review, vol 36 (4) Summer 2005, pp. 923-948.

""Gender and Presidential Judicial Selection," Women and Politics, vol 26 (4), 2004, p.109-129.

"Feminist Judges: Challenging the Status Quo" in Susan Carroll (eds) The Impact of Women in Public Policy, Indiana State University Press, 2002.

“Gender and Racial Diversification of State Supreme Courts,” with Barry Pyle, Women and Politics, vol 24 (2): 35-51 (2002).

“Gender, Race and Partisanship on the Michigan State Supreme Court,” with Barry Pyle, Albany Law Review, vol 63, 2000.

Courses Taught

  • WGST 365: Women and Politics
  • Gender and the Judiciary
  • WGST 418:  Women and the Law
  • Sex and Justice
  • Global Issues: International Women's Rights 

The Women's and Gender Studies Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344